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News Round-Up 11-4-05

AAAS Backs Groups’ Copyright Move Against Kansas School Board

"If there were any delusions that Ma Bell [ie, Corporate Mergers = Higher Prices and Less Competition] Wasn't Back, SBC CEO Edward Witacre has cleared that up in an interview with Business Week Online. When asked about Google, Vonage and other Internet Upstarts he responded in typical Ma Bell Style: 'How do you think they're going to get to customers? Through a broadband pipe. Cable companies have them. We have them. Now what they would like to do is use my pipes free, but I ain't going to let them do that because we have spent this capital and we have to have a return on it. So there's going to have to be some mechanism for these people who use these pipes to pay for the portion they're using. Why should they be allowed to use my pipes?'."*IUQu7KtOwgA/magazine/content/05_45/b3958092.htm guru Mark Russinovich has a detailed investigation of a [illegal] rootkit install from Sony Music. It's installed with a DRM-encumbered music CD, Van Zant's "Get Right with the Man". (Mmmm, delicious irony!) The rootkit introduces several security holes into the system that could be exploited by others, such as hiding any executable file that starts with '$sys$'. Russinovich also identifies several programming bugs in the method it uses to hook system calls, and chronicles the painful steps he had to take to 'exorcise the demon' from his system." If this isn’t a direct cause and reason for a mass class action lawsuit against Sony, I don’t know what is!

A lot of media outlets are now scrutinizing some of the lies told by the Bush administration before the invasion of Iraq. Norman Solomon writes that the same news organizations are bypassing their own key roles in the marketing of those lies. A case in point is the New York Times.

Our Greatest Criminals Are Never Charged With Their Greatest Crimes

Debate rages on use of cervical cancer vaccine
While almost 100% effective, some contend use condones teen sex

With camera and network surveillance now commonplace, and database abuse continuing to appear, how do we balance security along with its huge increase in abuses?

BIG OIL rakes in the profits

Top 10 List of Police Database Abuses

Free Web-based Virus Scanner Sends Your Data To Microsoft
Microsoft's virus scanner transmits information about the PC and its applications to Microsoft.

Sony Issues Patch As Hackers Pounce On Rootkit
Sony posts a patch that reveals files previously hidden by a rootkit.
But that may be closing the barn door after the horses have bolted.

Sony's response to critics of its sneaky CD copy-protection scheme misses the point. The problem isn't that the Sony program could aid electronic trespassers, but that the company itself has trespassed.,2350,69467,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html

Fatal Flaw Weakens RFID Passports,1848,69453,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html

The Art of Privacy Invasion,1282,69445,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html

Bank Distributes Millions of Contactless Credit Cards Chase Bank is delivering contactless credit cards to more than 2 million people in New York City and surrounding areas.

For Pro-RFID Campaign Companies trying to influence public opinion once shelled out big bucks for full-page ads in major newspapers. Today they may be as likely to spend those dollars on sponsored links on Google.

Security-spooked Users Slam Sony CD On Amazon
Customers have used's review feature to slam a Sony CD implicated in a security and copy-protection brouhaha.

Green Welling is investigating Sony BMG over its latest copy-protection scheme. It is alleged that copy-protected Sony BMG audio CDs released after January 1, 2005 contain unlawful, unauthorized and potentially damaging software that is not disclosed to the consumer when the disc is inserted in a Microsoft Windows-based personal computer. Furthermore, the software can not be un-installed or removed by the end user without considerable time, expense and expertise. Customers who purchased a copy-protected Sony BMG audio CD and used it on their Windows PC before October 31, 2005 are encouraged to contact:

Sony DRM is worse than you might think

What Judy Forgot: Your Right to Know,0,4591035.column?coll=la-util-op-ed

Copyright protects authors but doesn't hurt any honest person. Patents, in contrast, are 20-year monopolies that the government grants on broad and general ideas. Patents are potential weapons against all of us. The more sophisticated amoung us see the issue of software patents as one of the artificial creation of monopolies and the unneccessary restriction of freedom. Fight Against It Here:
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